Thomas Warr Attwood

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Thomas Warr Attwood (c.1733 15 November 1775) [1] was an English builder, architect and local politician in Bath.



He was a member of a prominent local family and a member of the city Council from 1760. Although he held no formal appointment, he acted as city surveyor and architect. He was able to use his position to obtain contracts and building concessions on council-owned land indeed, he was Mayor of Bath in 1769 when the council adopted his proposal to build a new gaol, and this caused controversy in the city.

Much of the controversy surrounding him is justified since he was a plumber, [2] but because of his political connections he was routinely appointed as the architect, surveyor, and city planner for all of the Corporation of Bath's civic projects, including the new gaol, which he designed and built between 1772 and 1774. All of his designs were almost certainly executed by his assistants, but he received both the credit, payment, and future commissions at a time when late 18th-century Bath was host and birthplace to some of the greatest architects in the kingdom.


He was killed by the collapse of a derelict building which he was inspecting on the site of the proposed new Guildhall. His assistant Thomas Baldwin was appointed City Architect and City Surveyor.

Attwood's pedestal monument is in the churchyard at Weston. South of the church of All Saints, Weston, it was designed by Baldwin and features an example of 18th-century cast-iron railings. [1]

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  1. 1 2 "THOMAS WARR ATTWOOD TOMB IN CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD - 1394661". Historic England. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2016-04-26. Tomb of Thomas Warr Attwood (d.1775). By Thomas Baldwin. ... Attwood was a prosperous plumber and glazier, who served as architect to the Corporation: he was accidentally killed while surveying the old market. The tomb is designed by his clerk, Thomas Baldwin, who became one of the key architects of late C18 Bath. No 301 on the churchyard plan.
  2. Green, M.A. (1904). The Eighteenth Century Architecture of Bath. G. Gregory. p.  225-IA155. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  3. Guides, I. (2014). Insight Guides: Great Breaks Bath. Insight Great Breaks (in Estonian). APA. p. 53. ISBN   978-1-78005-775-0 . Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. Olcayto, Rory (2016-06-23). "Between the cracks: Stillpoint by Piers Taylor". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2016-08-16.

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Preceded by
Bath City Architect
Succeeded by
Thomas Baldwin
Preceded by
Bath City Surveyor
Succeeded by
Thomas Baldwin